Dwight Yoakam
American singer
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.
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Dwight Yoakam strums - and tells guitar tales - at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim
LATimes - about 1 month
The annual NAMM Show, an extravaganza of musical products that opened its four-day 2017 edition on Thursday, serves up two primary draws for the thousands of industry insiders who flock to Anaheim from around the world: the newest and shiniest instruments and gear, and star power. Cruising through...
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Songs We Love: Dwight Yoakam, 'Santa Can't Stay'
NPR - about 2 months
A divorced dad tries to visit his kids on Christmas Eve under the guise of St. Nick in a honky-tonkin' rock 'n' roller. (Image credit: Courtesy of Olivia Horn)
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Dwight Yoakam Says New Album Was Inspired By Coal Mining And Mountain Music
NPR - 3 months
The country star plays songs and talks with Fresh Air about his grandfather's work in the coal mines. Yoakam's latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars ... features bluegrass versions of his hits.
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Dwight Yoakam Looks To The Past — And Prince
NPR - 5 months
Yoakam's latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..., is composed almost entirely of songs from his catalog. The only exception? A cover of "Purple Rain."
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First Listen: Dwight Yoakam, 'Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars...'
NPR - 5 months
On the 30th anniversary of his debut, the country star releases his first-ever bluegrass album — though this isn't quite the simple, back-to-roots affair the concept suggests.
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Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for new artists in country music. Several acts had their first career number ones at country radio, including A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, and Chris Stapleton. Others, like Cam and Chris Janson, celebrated breakthrough hits, while relative newcomers Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell solidified their positions as country's next generation of superstars. 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Below are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of the rising stars. 20. MITCH ROSSELL If you had told Mitch Rossell in 2014 that in 2015 he would be co-writing and sharing the stage with living legend Garth Brooks, he wouldn't have believed you. But, both were among Rossell's list of accomplishments this year, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting for the Tennessee native. Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: I'm j ...
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Review: ‘Second Hand Heart,’ From Dwight Yoakam, Reckons With Grown-Up Love
NYTimes - almost 2 years
In his new album, Mr. Yoakam sings of a bruised heart taking another chance at romance.
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Setting Times stories to music: From Dwight Yoakam to Pete Seeger
LATimes - about 3 years
This week I’ve been a bit obsessed with Isaac Hayes’ epic, transformative covers of some (very non-Stax) pop hits.
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Music: The Amazing Return of The Rave-Ups' Jimmer Podrasky
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NOTE: I belong to a group of film buffs called the IRAs who gather annually to vote on their favorite movies of the year. Many of these people I see only once a year and know nothing about, so I'm always vaguely astonished when I see they actually exist in the real world. This one has just published a novel called The Big Crowd and got a rave review from Scott Turow in the New York Times. That one is a renowned expert on film noir and is hosting a series on Alfred Hitchcock at the 92nd St. Y. So I shouldn't have been surprised when critically acclaimed and best-selling author Ed Sikov sent me an MP3. I knew him best as a film historian, including his masterpiece On Sunset Boulevard, a biography of director Billy Wilder. But music? I'd never heard Ed so much as whistle the theme song for 20th Century Fox. He sent me a tune and asked what I thought about it. The tune was rock and roll, in the roots rock vein. I liked it -- a lot -- and had a nagging sensation I should know the artist. ...
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Tim McGraw Takes a Role in Disney’s Tomorrowland
GAC - Great American Country - over 3 years
Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room. Tim McGraw is headed back to the big screen. Billboard reports that Tim will be a part of the upcoming Disney production Tomorrowland. Starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird, the movie is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2014. The film follows a bright teen, to be played by Britt Robertson, and a “former boy-genius inventor” played by Clooney as they embark on a “danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.” Tomorrowland begins shooting next week in Vancouver and will be Tim’s ninth movie role. He first appeared in 2004’s  Black Cloud and Friday Night Lights. He’s also starred in such hits as The Blind Side and Four Christmases. His last movie was 2011’s Dirty Girl, which also starred Dwight Yoakam. ShareThis var shared_object = SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title:'Tim McGraw Takes a Role in Disney’s &l ...
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Wilfred Takes Mind Games to a New Level of Ball Busting Hilarity
Boom Tron - over 3 years
One of the great things that have come out of Wilfred as the series matured was the effective use of the episode titles. While at one point, early in the show’s run, those titles were blatant clues to the lessons Wilfred would be teaching Ryan, they’ve evolved into more subtle forms of storytelling. There have absolutely been episodes that used the Season 1 formula, but they’ve kind of petered off in favor of the more interesting pattern we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Episodes like “Perspective” and “Delusion” were great examples of the titles not dictating the interactions between Ryan and Wilfred, allowing the episodes to run off unchecked. But they would always find a way to make those titles fit with the narrative in some way. This week, we have “Distance,” which could mean a number of things, but can really only mean one thing by the episode’s end. At the top of the episode, Ryan is looking over the childhood drawing, wondering how Kristen could have drawn it when he distin ...
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Laura Manske: July's #1 Reason to Whoop It up in Wyoming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As a happily stiletto-wearing New York City gal, I also love to kick up my Western boot heels attending rodeos all over America. And the rowdy revelry that has grabbed my heart more than any other show is Cheyenne Frontier Days -- the world's largest outdoor rodeo competition, affectionately called the Daddy of 'em All. In its 117th year, this Best of the West, family-friendly celebration runs July 19th to 28th and showcases almost 1,500 bull-riding, steer-wrestling, horse-galloping, barrel-rolling, lasso-twirling contestants, who vie for $1-million in money and prizes. You don't have to know the difference between a hooey and a honda (rope knotting/looping terms) to appreciate cowboys' and cowgirls' athletic prowess. Sure, the romping-and-stomping hoopla in Frontier Park's grandstand arena is the rodeo centerpiece that draws visitors to Cheyenne from as far away as Australia and Argentina, but what I adore most is watching the many circles of smiles -- on faces young and ...
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Steven Rosen: Should Richard Hell Be in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
So far, this has been a hell of a year for Punk. By that, I mean it's been a great year for recognizing the formative influence that Richard Hell, now 63, has had on Punk -- and, by extension, all Rock & Roll and pop culture that has followed in its aggressive, assertive, rebellious wake. Hell just published a literary, frank, edgy autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, that has earned comparisons to Patti Smith's Just Kids. It tells how the roots of his restless disaffection with society, his hell-raising personal conduct and his interest in the arts (and Rock music) all began while growing up as Richard Meyers in Lexington, Ky. His dad, who died when Hell was just 7, was an experimental psychologist at the University of Kentucky. Hell can also claim a very important role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new blockbuster fashion exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. His impact on the creation of 1970s-era New York Punk is represented in the very f ...
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Tonight's top show: Dwight Yoakam in Aurora
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
Dwight Yoakam: Don’t let the cowboy hat fool you. Bringing the sound of Bakersfield country traditionalism forward, Yoakam is a postmodern honky-tonker with an outsider streak. His latest album, “3 Pears” (Warner), is his first of original material in seven years, and his decision to have Beck produce should tell you something about his willingness to play outside the margins, 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, $50, $65, $79;...
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Sturgill Simpson to release LP in June, tours with Dwight Yoakam - dates released
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson will release a new album, High Top Mountain, due out June 11, 2013.
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Dwight Yoakam's Ryman dates sell out in 30 minutes, details on second show
Monsters and Critics - about 4 years
Dwight Yoakam has sold out the world famous Ryman Auditorium in less than 30 minutes. He has added a second
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Michael Giltz: Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My money is on Mumford & Sons because when it comes down to it, the Grammys love commercial success (especially when paired with critical acclaim) and though it's silly to say after just two albums, Mumford & Sons is overdue. To celebrate, here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2012. First I give the list and then an extended version with comments and links to videos so you can sample the music. Enjoy! And let me know what your favorites of the year are, especially if they're not on this list. We can argue over what should be ranked where, but the main point is to discover some great new music. I hope you'll find some here. THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 1. Rumer -- Seasons Of My Soul/Boys Don't Cry (70s pop perfection) 2. Branford Marsalis -- Four MF's Playin' Their Tunes (hard-driving jazz; faultless) 3. The Tallest Ma ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dwight Yoakam
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016, he supported the album by performing at the C2C: Country to Country festival in Europe.
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  • 2015
    In February 2015, Yoakam announced a new studio album, titled Second Hand Heart and released on April 14.
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  • 2011
    In July 2011, Yoakam resigned with Warner Bros. Nashville and announced plans to release a new album. 3 Pears was released on September 18, 2012 with twelve new tracks. Produced by him, it includes a collaboration with Beck. 3 Pears was released to resounding critical acclaim and earned him the highest-charting debut of his career on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Country Albums charts. 3 Pears reached #1 on the Americana Radio chart on October 29, 2012 and went on to break the 2012 record for most weeks at #1 on Americana Radio.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of 2012, it was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL's The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critics' "best of 2012" lists than any other artist in the country genre. In June 2014, Rolling Stone ranked the song "Guitars, Cadillacs" #94 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.
    His duet with Michelle Branch, a song titled "Long Goodbye", was released as a free download on her official website in early 2011.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    He also released an album dedicated to Buck Owens, Dwight Sings Buck, on October 23, 2007.
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  • 2005
    He also had a cameo appearance in the 2005 comedy movie Wedding Crashers.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he starred alongside Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek in Bandidas; in 2008, he played Pastor Phil in Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon; and he appears in Dirty Girl. He also appeared in The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, an independent 2010 Western that also stars fellow country singer Kris Kristofferson. In 1993, he played a truck driver in the Wyoming crime thriller, Red Rock West. He also played Brentwood Glasscock in The Newton Boys. In 2000, Yoakam co-wrote, starred in, produced and wrote the soundtrack for South of Heaven, West of Hell, also starring Vince Vaughn and Bridget Fonda. Some of his songs are included in the film Big Eden (2000). Yoakam was featured in a recurring role as Bruce on the FX series Wilfred but was replaced by William Baldwin in the show's fourth and final season. He also appears in the second season of Under the Dome as Lyle Chumley, who runs the Chester's Mill's barbershop.
    2005 saw the release of Yoakam's well-reviewed album Blame the Vain, on New West Records.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, he provided background vocals on Warren Zevon's last album The Wind.
    More Details Hide Details In the 21st century, Yoakam released dwightyoakamacoustic.net, an album featuring solo acoustic versions of many of his hits; left his major label and started his own label.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    He recorded a cover of The Clash's "Train in Vain" in 1997, a cover of the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'", as well as Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me".
    More Details Hide Details He has never been associated only with country music; on many early tours, he played with hardcore punk bands like Hüsker Dü, and played many shows around Los Angeles with roots/punk/rock & roll acts. His middle-period-to-later records saw him branching out to different styles, covering rock & roll, punk, 1960's, blues-based "boogie" like ZZ Top, and writing more adventurous songs like "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere".
  • 1990
    His third LP, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, included his first No. 1, a duet with his musical idol, Buck Owens, on "Streets of Bakersfield". 1990's If There Was a Way was another best-seller.
    More Details Hide Details Yoakam's song "Readin', Rightin', Route 23" pays tribute to his childhood move from Kentucky, and is named after a local expression describing the route that rural Kentuckians took to find a job outside of the coal mines. (U.S. Route 23 runs north from Kentucky through Columbus and Toledo, Ohio and through the automotive centers of Michigan.) Rather than the standard line that their elementary schools taught "the three Rs" of "Readin', 'Ritin', and 'Rithmetic", Kentuckians used to say that the three Rs they learned were "Readin', 'Ritin', and Route 23 North". Johnny Cash once cited Yoakam as his favorite country singer. Chris Isaak called him as good a songwriter that ever put a pen to paper. Time dubbed him "A Renaissance Man" and Vanity Fair declared that "Yoakam strides the divide between rock's lust and country's lament." Along with his bluegrass and honky-tonk roots, he has written or covered many Elvis Presley-style rockabilly songs, including his covers of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in 1999 and Presley's "Suspicious Minds" in 1992.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Yoakam's recording debut was the self-financed EP Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on independent label Oak Records produced by lead-guitarist Pete Anderson; this was later re-released by Reprise Records, with several additional tracks, as his major-label debut LP, 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc..
    More Details Hide Details The record hit the market during a sea change in country music: the urban cowboy music was out of style, and neotraditional music based on classic styles, such as Yoakam's honky-tonk inspired music, was now in demand. The LP was a breakout hit and spawned his first two hit singles: "Honky Tonk Man", a remake of the Johnny Horton song, and the title track "Guitars, Cadillacs." His stylish video "Honky Tonk Man" was the first country music video ever played on MTV. The follow-up LP, Hillbilly Deluxe, was just as successful.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 with the intent of becoming a recording artist.
    More Details Hide Details On May 7, 2005, Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia awarded and presented him with an honorary doctorate degree. When he began his career, Nashville was oriented toward pop "urban cowboy" music, and Yoakam's brand of hip honky tonk music was not considered marketable. Not making much headway in Nashville, Yoakam moved to Los Angeles and worked towards bringing his particular brand of new Honky Tonk or "Hillbilly" music (as he called it) forward into the 1980s. Writing all his own songs, and continuing to perform mostly outside traditional country music channels, he did many shows in rock and punk rock clubs around Los Angeles, playing with roots rock or punk rock acts like The Blasters (Yoakam scored a small video hit with his version of their song "Long White Cadillac"), Los Lobos, and X. This helped him diversify his audience beyond the typical country music fans, and his authentic, groundbreaking music is often credited with rock audiences accepting country music.
  • 1974
    Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann (née Tibbs), a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Northland High School in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, he sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and entertained his friends and classmates with his impersonations, such as Richard Nixon, who, at the time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.
  • OTHER
  • 1956
    Born on October 23, 1956.
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